04/19/15 5:47pm

Flooding in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - April 30, 2014
April normally brings showers but, to Alexandria, Virginia, that often means flooding (see photos at this link). The long-discussed Waterfront Plan hopes to fix this problem.

The National Weather Service has issued the following Flood Watch for Alexandria and other locations in the DMV from 7:00 PM today (04/19) through 10:00 AM tomorrow (04/20). A flood watch means there is the potential for flooding.

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS EXPANDED
THE

* FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA…NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA…
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…
CARROLL…CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD…CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY…FREDERICK MD…NORTHERN BALTIMORE…
NORTHWEST HARFORD…NORTHWEST HOWARD…NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY…
PRINCE GEORGES…SOUTHEAST HARFORD AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…ARLINGTON/FALLS
CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA…EASTERN LOUDOUN…FAIRFAX…PRINCE
WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. IN
NORTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA…JEFFERSON.

* FROM 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING

* MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS
EVENING THROUGH TONIGHT…ENDING BY THE MIDDLE MORNING FOR THE
BALTIMORE METRO AREA. RAINFALL TOTALS AROUND ONE AND A HALF
INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE GREATER BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON
METRO AREA. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE… ESPECIALLY
ALONG AND IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE/CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN.

* EXPECT SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO RISE…POSSIBLY OVERFLOWING
THEIR BANKS. IN ADDITION…FLOODING MAY OCCUR IN LOW LYING AND
POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

PLEASE MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD
WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

04/19/15 3:26pm

Sugar Shack Donuts Grand Opening in Alexandria, Virginia
The website Thrillist.com produced the list of the top 33 Donut Shops in America. So glad to see that three of my favorites (including Richmond-based Sugar Shack Donuts) make the list.

A Virginia favorite since 2013 when it first opened in Carver, then downtown Richmond, Sugar Shack has now expanded to NoVa, and has bigger expansion plans in place in Maryland, Charlottesville, and even FLORIDA. And though we will wait with baited breath for them to eventually take over the world, you’ll have to travel to the Mid-Atlantic as of now to try their absolutely delicious handmade creations. Also, we must admit: the fact that they created a CADBURY EGG DONUT for Easter, and have legendary Irish dough bombs for St. Patrick’s Day has quickly put them at the top of our list.

Thrilllist.com mentioned the expansion plans of Sugar Shack and said “COME TO NEW ORLEANS/CALIFORNIA PLEASE!” See the full list at this link.

(H/T Rob)

04/19/15 11:43am

As you have probably heard by now, the Lilly Pulitzer Colection at Target debuted today. The interest was SO great across the country that the collection crashed the Target website early this morning.

Before the Target stores were even open, long lines formed outside the stores in Alexandria, Virginia (see above) and across the country. However, things aren’t going so well for customers inside the store. A shopping frenzy has ensued! Sort of reminds me of the Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides. Check the reaction out on Twitter below.

Did you go check out the Lilly Pullitzer Collection at Target this morning? What did you see?

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04/19/15 10:51am

For our Sunday Roundup, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites in the Alexandria area to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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04/19/15 10:14am

Celebrating Alexandria’s Democratic Candidates

Just came across this…

Tonight, from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, the Alexandria Democratic Committee is holding the second annual ADC Straw Poll and Craft Beer Tasting Party at the Port City Brewing Company, located at 3950 Wheeler Avenue in Alexandria.

Candidates include:

  • Primary for Mayor – Kerry Donley, Bill Euille, Allison Silberberg,
  • 45th District Delegate Primary – Larry Altenburg, Craig Fifer, Julie Jakopic, Mark Levine, Clarence Tong
  • 2015 City Council Nominees – Willie Bailey, John Chapman, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, Justin Wilson.
  • Other Democratic nominees looking for support are: Delegate Charniele Herring (46th), Senator Adam Ebbin (30th), Senator Dick Saslaw (35th), and Senator George Barker (39th).

Tickets: are $40 in advance, $45 at the door Tickets include Beer Tasting and Buffet.

For tickets and more information, click this link or email office@alexdems.org.